Chapter 8

A Case Study of Challenges Facing the Design of Resilient Socio-technical Systems

Alexander Cedergren

Introduction

In the general sense of the word, resilience refers to the ability to withstand and recover from various types of stresses. This concept has gained significant popularity in as disparate fields as psychology, engineering, and ecology (Birkland and Waterman, 2009; de Bruijne, Boin and van Eeten, 2010; Woods, Schenk and Allen, 2009). The emphasis in the field of resilience engineering lies at the abilities of individual teams and organisations to adapt and survive in the face of various disturbances. However, the resilience studied at one level depends on the influences from levels above and below (Woods, 2006). These different ...

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